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Eric Boruff is the music director and President of the Board of Directors for the Cornelius Youth Orchestras. Born in North Carolina but raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric returned to the Tar Heel state in May of 2016 after receiving his degree in music education. Primarily a violinist, he founded his own violin lesson studio in 2017. Since that time, Boruff Violin Studio has grown to include a team of teachers and has become one of the largest violin-exclusive lesson studios in North Carolina. His studio has welcomed world-renowned violinists as guest instructors for masterclasses and workshops, including Alexi Kenney in 2023 and William Hagen coming soon on June 1, 2024. Mr. Boruff’s private students are regularly accepted into collegiate music schools across the country. In December of 2017, Eric began working with the Cornelius Youth Orchestras as a violin section coach and guest conductor, and one year later he accepted his current position. Originally just one ensemble, under his leadership the CYO has seen explosive growth, more than quadrupling enrollment while adding six new performing ensembles and four educational programs featuring no-experience-required instructional classes for each of the instrument families.